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Just Hammock
(DavefromVA) - F
MYOG Bamboo Trekking Pole on 04/09/2012 21:23:17 MDT Print View

Ok so Ive been making Bamboo Trekking Poles for awhile now and had a few friends wanting to know how I give my bamboo interesting designs in the color of the wood. So here is a video over-view of how I make a typical bamboo trekking pole from start to finish. I made this video for another website so please forgive the site logo at the beginning of the video.
I will be making a more detailed video on how to temper designs into the bamboo with extra features added to the trekking poles for multiple uses other than a Trekking Pole in the near future. Hope this gives you some ideas to make your own. These things are extremely light once they dry out and VERY strong. Id trust bamboo over those metal ones any day.


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: MYOG Bamboo Trekking Pole on 04/09/2012 22:03:28 MDT Print View

Good job!

Mark Dijkstra
(Markacd) - F
Re: MYOG Bamboo Trekking Pole on 04/10/2012 06:01:26 MDT Print View


Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: MYOG Bamboo Trekking Pole on 04/10/2012 07:29:05 MDT Print View

Nice video. Thank you.

Just Hammock
(DavefromVA) - F
Ideas? on 04/11/2012 12:02:53 MDT Print View

Thanks. Anybody else got some ideas to share? Im thinking about making a bamboo trekking pole that shoots a arrow bolt out of the bottom when the rubber tip is removed. Putting a trigger near the handle. Maybe use bungee cord as the ejector device. Not sure if I can get enough speed out of it to do any damage though. Im sure it will need at least 50lbs of force to kill something.

Brad Walker

Locale: SoCal
Re: Ideas? on 04/11/2012 14:07:06 MDT Print View

Pogo stick!

Mike Oxford
(moxford) - MLife

Locale: Silicon Valley, CA
Re: Ideas? on 04/11/2012 14:19:03 MDT Print View

Concealed weaponry, especially of this type, would probably be frowned upon my most LEOs and rangers. Looks up your local laws on cane-swords, tube projectiles and the like.

If you're wanting to hunt, you'll do better by just trapping rather than trying to make a bungee/spring launcher with a blade.
Springloaded things tend to fire off an inopportune times, as well, unless they're heavily reinforced (which isn't light, either.)

If it were me (and I was not in CA where it's illegal) I'd use it as a blowgun with a paralytic rather than going for a kinetic kill.
Or put a base/hook on it for an atlatl.

And, in case you care, with an arrow/crossbow-bolt you don't need a lot of KE to make a kill on small game.

Or bore small holes for music or a pipe if you're into that kind of thing. :P


John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Ideas? on 04/11/2012 14:29:55 MDT Print View

What bamboo are you using? I'm in Oregon and I grow black bamboo. Do you worry about water collecting in the top culm or do you seal it up? A ballhead on top of 3 poles would make a portable tripod . Have you ever broken a pole?

Ty Ty

Locale: SE US
Weight... on 04/12/2012 07:15:47 MDT Print View

Curious what one of these weights? Obviously there is a big fluctuation based on how thick you use but ballpark?

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Weight... on 04/16/2012 08:26:41 MDT Print View

I have three pieces of black bamboo. 1/2" OD, 61" long, 5.10 ounces. 3/4" OD, 60.5" long, 7.70 ounces. 1 1/4" OD, 61" long, 14.55 ounces.